HAYWARD — Plans are underway to tear down a service station and auto repair shop at Misson Boulevard and Tennyson Road and replace them with a convenience store and a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop.
The site will still have gasoline pumps. But two electrical vehicle charging stations will be installed, as well as parking racks that can accommodate up to six bicycles.
The Starbucks will have no indoor seating.
On Thursday, the Planning Commission backed the project, which has been in the works for about two years.
“It’s currently an eyesore,” Commissioner Aidan Ali-Sullivan said. “I think this project will go a long way toward improving the aesthetic of the area.”
What concerned commissioners, however, was that traffic may get blocked up as vehicles wait to pull into the property at 28590 Mission Blvd., especially during morning commute hours, when motorists might be more likely to want a coffee or need to purchase gas as they travel to work.
The Starbucks is expected to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and would be strictly take-out, according to city officials. The convenience store would be open 24 hours a day.
The property is next to Elias Motors to the north, Saudagar Grocery store to the south, Mission Heights Apartments to the east and an ARCO gas station to the west.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.